Atletico Madrid have become the latest club to lodge their interest in young Lazio winger Keita, according to reports in Italy.
Earlier this week, the 21-year-old revealed that the way Lazio had treated him was ‘unacceptable’ and that neither the club’s president, Claudio Lotito, nor sporting director Igli Tare ‘cared’ about his point of view.
Keita, who is under contract until 2018, has refused to train for Lazio’s pre-season, prompting suggestions that the only possibility is a move away from the Italian capital.
Writing on Twitter, the Barcelona-youth graduate said:
“Lazio friends, I have decided, in agreement with the club, to postpone my departure for the pre-season training camp,
“I love and respect this shirt, but I can no longer accept the way they’re treating me. Things have been promised but never delivered, postponed deadlines, changed programmes.
“I’ve spoken several times with the President [Claudio Lotito] and the [sporting] director [Igli Tare], I’ve given my point of view but no-one cares.
“I think there are two ways of doing things. One is based on the sharing of ideas and projects, on the work of the group, on the chance to grow together and build a better future.
“The other way, the one that is being chosen right now, sees a part of the club that walks alone without listening to anyone or anything. Then when you add in someone who says one thing and does another…
“Like this, it’s not building but destroying. A hug, Keita.”
Spanish newspaper AS are reporting that Atletico Madrid have officially entered the race to sign Keita, with the player’s asking price set at €25m.
However, Atletico will have to ward off pressure from a number of top European clubs including Monaco, Valencia, Inter, Sevilla and Juventus, all of whom are keen on the young Spanish starlet.